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The Railway Magazine August 2020

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The Railway Magazine has been published since 1897 and is now the UK's best-selling general interest rail title. Every month, The RM provides enthusiasts and professionals with authoritative and informed news coverage of the following: - Network Rail and the train operating companies - Locomotives, multiple units, carriages and wagons - Steam, heritage and the preservation world, inc narrow gauge- Metro and underground systems - In addition, the magazine carries frequent items of overseas interest. The Railway Magazine is also renowned for its wide-ranging and innovative feature coverage, encompassing up-to-the-minute developments as well as historical, nostalgic and foreign subjects. The magazine is also renowned for its award-winning photographic content.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

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3 min.
passengers being welcomed back – or are they?

AFTER weeks of ‘essential travel only’ messages, restrictions on using trains are at last being relaxed. Passengers are officially being welcomed back as part of a ‘Let’s travel safely this summer’ campaign. It’s the boost the industry has needed, yet despite the campaign, there are still underlying messages from some train operators, as well as employers, for passengers to ‘consider alternatives’. One train operator is using a traffic light system on train loadings, and if the situation goes to ‘red’ says it will close stations and cancel services. What kind of message is that, especially as travel must be with a face covering? It’s rather negative. Even National Express has been adding extra services to meet demand, while rail openly turns custom away. Coaches have been carrying more passengers than on the equivalent rail journey. You…

1 min.
realistic ideas or madcap schemes?

A FURTHER 50 rail or station reopening schemes are being considered in a second round of bids – there’s a third round later in the year – but just how many really are viable? Many of these lines and stations closed through lack of passengers as the motorcar became more popular, along with the freedom and flexibility that came with it. While not wishing to pour cold water on what might be a good idea, the rail industry and franchising are currently in deep trouble – as is the country. I hesitate to think, some 60 or more years on from the closures, that reopened lines could win back the necessary volume of passengers to make it a financial success. That’s not all. There are plenty of examples where track beds were never protected…

2 min.
shapps confirms funding and new council to accelerate trans-pennine upgrade

WORK to modernise and partially electrify the Leeds-Huddersfield-Manchester route received a huge boost on July 23 when the Government confirmed a £589million fund to support design and enabling works. The centrepiece of Network Rail’s multi-billion pound trans-Pennine upgrade project, first revealed in 2018, includes the quadrupling of around eight miles of railway between Dewsbury and Huddersfield, a new grade-separated junction at Ravensthorpe, near Mirfield, provision of a fourth through platform at Huddersfield and electrification. Complex project The complex and expensive project will create additional capacity for passenger and freight trains on one of the route’s most congested sections, restoring four-track operation between Ravensthorpe and Huddersfield via Heaton Lodge Junction, which was reduced to double track by BR almost 50 years ago. Full electrification of the Leeds to Manchester route is also now being considered,…

1 min.
eversholt and alstom invest £1million in hydrogen ‘321s’

ALSTOM and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail have agreed to invest £1million to further develop their ‘Breeze’ hydrogen train concept. Alstom has successfully pioneered the technology for its experimental‘Coradia iLint’ multiple unit in Germany, and believes the new investment will help it to have a UK loading-gauge version ready by 2024. First mooted in January 2019, the Class 600‘Breeze’trains are based on Class 321 EMUs, most of which will be made redundant by the introduction of new trains over the next year. Alstom and Eversholt plan to rebuild the trains from four-car EMUs into three-car HMUs, with part of one driving vehicle rebuilt to accommodate hydrogen storage tanks. The intention is to offer them as‘clean’replacements for diesel units on regional and rural lines, where electrification is unlikely to be viable. If the project is…

1 min.
first test runs for west midlands class 196

TESTING of the first Class 196 to be delivered to West Midlands Trains got underway on July 23, when unit No. 196101 worked from Tyseley depot to Hereford and back. WMT has 14 four- and 12 two-car on order, which will replace Class 153 and also the 23 Class 170s on WMTs books. Manufacturer CAF is building most of the sets at its new factory at Newport, Gwent with imported bodyshells, although some initial units have been built in Spain. Introduction of the first units is expected before the of the year. Pictured is 196101 at Ladywood on its first outing to Hereford – note the small set ID under the driver’s windscreen.…

1 min.
hitachi and hyperdrive to create battery plant in north east

HITACHI Rail and Hyperdrive Innovation have signed an exclusive agreement to develop battery packs to power zero-emission trains, and create a‘battery hub’in the North East. The move is all part of a drive for greener trains. Hitachi has identified UK fleets, totalling 275 trains, as potential early recipients of battery technology. The company also plans to install them on new metro and intercity trains as part of the move away from diesel traction. Hitachi believes as many as 400 trains could have batteries fitted. Extend range Installing batteries onto current fleets can extend their range and allow passengers to reach stations on non-electrified branch lines without having to change train. To take battery technology forward, the two manufacturers will accelerate the creation of batteries that can be mass-produced at Hyperdrive’s Sunderland factory before installing them on trains…